Problem Gambling Facts

  • Compulsive gambling (or pathological gambling) is a recognized and treatable mental illness.
  • 4% of the adult population may have a gambling problem.
  • Problem gambling rates among teens and young adults have been shown to be 2-3 times that of adults.
  • Providing a financial bailout for compulsive gamblers may actually make the problem worse.
  • Gambling is not a way to solve financial problems.
  • While only the gambler is responsible for his/her gambling problem, family members may be able to take action to protect the family financially.
  • Common problems that often occur with problem gambling include substance abuse, depression, anxiety and stress-related medical problems.
  • The best way to help a problem gambler is to be honest with him/her about your concerns and provide them information about available help.
  • Children of problem gamblers may be at higher risk for a broad range of health, mental health and school-related problems.
  • It is often difficult to tell when someone has a gambling problem, because there are no physical signs or biological tests as there are for substance abuse. Therefore, it is easier to hide a gambling problem for a longer period of time.

Play Responsibly

If you, or someone you know, has a gambling problem, help is available.
For help call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.